Water Journal : Water Journal February 2013
WATER FEBRUARY 2013 18 Industry News Academy Welcomes New Science Minister The Australian Academy of Science has appointed Chris Bowen as the new Minister for Science and Research. Mr Bowen is known as a Federal MP with a history of commitment to science and research and has assumed responsibility for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research after the resignation of Senator Chris Evans. "The Academy is keen to work with the Minister to foster and grow Australia's research sector," said Academy President, Professor Suzanne Cory. "Most developed nations envy our economic success, but we have to invest now in research to guarantee future prosperity through scienti c and technological advances." Professor Cory also thanked Senator Chris Evans. "Former Minister Evans was a strong advocate for science, research and tertiary education..." Professor Cory said. "He also extended crucial Government support to the Academy's school education programs, Science by Doing and Primary Connections, which will help many more young Australians access high quality science education." Water Recycling Fellowships to Build Skills and Partnerships The Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence has launched a fellowship program that aims to stimulate collaborative research between the water reuse industry and academia. The water recycling Industry and Academic Exchange Program will provide the opportunity for water industry professionals and researchers (Fellows) to spend time in each other's worlds to undertake collaborative projects, develop new skills and foster knowledge transfer. Centre CEO, Dr Mark O'Donohue, said the Fellowship represents a signi cant investment in the sustainability of the national water reuse industry and will result in strengthened working relationships. Exchanges could last up to six months and be used to undertake a full research project, pilot or feasibility study, technical exchange or study of best practice methodologies. Project initiatives may be a proof of concept or allow the required industry/research collaboration to overcome an existing challenging issue within a broader project. Interested water professionals and researchers should visit the Centre's website at www.australianwaterrecycling.com.au for further information. Applications are due by 28 February, 2013. Managing Our Water Resources Understanding how our water catchments react to natural disturbances may offer hydrologists greater insight into how to manage our water supplies. Key to this is an understanding of the steady state and why water responds differently in different circumstances. Dr Tim Peterson, from the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, has offered new theories that will lead to a deeper knowledge of how water catchments behave during wet and dry years. His research was published recently in the international hydrology journal Water Resources Research. Dr Peterson's work shows that some catchments have a nite resilience to wet and dry years because they have two steady states. The traditionally held view is that water catchments have only one steady state. A steady state can be considered as how a catchment behaves after a disturbance like a wet year. Traditionally, hydrology has assumed that no matter how wet a year is, once the rain goes back to the average then the stream ow and water table will return to what they were before the wet year. Tim's work shows that in some catchments, after a wet year the stream ow and water table can return to a very different value. His theories explain how catchments switch between these steady states and how the catchment's resilience can be measured. MWH Wins Service Contract Central Highlands Water (CHW), which delivers water and wastewater services to approximately 130,000 residents in more than 60 locations throughout the central and western regions of Victoria, has awarded its engineering support services contract to MWH Global from January 2013 for an initial period of three years. MWH will partner with CHW to ensure skilled staff value add to the performance of the business in asset management, planning, design and construction services to ensure high quality customer service outcomes are maintained. "We are looking to collaborate with Central Highlands Water to provide and transfer knowledge and expertise in program and project management to optimise its procurement practices and deliver business ef ciencies," said Peter Robinson, Business Development and Strategy Manager, Water Sector, MWH. "MWH was chosen as the organisation's preferred engineering service provider to deliver increased customer and shareholder value by maintaining CHW's commitment to providing excellence in customer service standards, while identifying and reducing costs," said Paul O'Donohue, Managing Director of CHW. Smarter Decisions for Our Future More than 100 water managers and scientists from across Australia met in Canberra recently to develop a vision of how we better measure outcomes from water initiatives across Australia.The recently announced Basin Plan charts a course for water management in the Murray-Darling Basin and the delivery of bene ts from the Basin Plan will be achieved by smarter decisions in the way we use water. Associate Professor Michael Stewardson from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering said a co-ordinated effort across government agencies and with the private sector was needed to monitor impacts of the Basin Plan in terms of environmental, social and economic outcomes. Peter Robinson (MWH) and Paul O'Donohue (CHW) sign the agreement.
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